Wonder Woman 1984: Warner May Delay Release to 2021

Wonder Woman 1984: Warner May Delay Release to 2021

Wonder Woman 1984
Clay Enos | Warner Bros.

Six weeks before Wonder Woman 1984 is scheduled to open in theaters on Christmas, Warner Bros. execs are considering whether to push the superhero sequel to the summer of 2021, or keep the movie on its Dec. 25 theatrical debut and then put it on the HBO Max streaming service in early January.

The fate of the superhero film has been in limbo since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit in March, pushing the film’s theatrical release from June 5 to August 14, then to October 2, and finally to December 25.

But with COVID-19 cases spiking at alarming rates across the country, Warner Bros. is facing the the specter of another widespread shutdown, especially in major urban areas that drive the vast majority of the theatrical business.

A limited theatrical release could still support exhibitors on the verge of collapse, while also boosting subscriber growth for HBO Max, which has struggled to build an audience large enough to compete against Netflix, Amazon, and Disney Plus.

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